<span class="smallCaps">chapter</span> 4 Other Scholars' UFOs

Daniel Gold

in Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929517 | DOI:
chapter 4 Other Scholars' UFOs

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In a bid to examine the ways in which different types of religious materials suggest characteristic aesthetic strategies, this chapter presents works by four important writers. Eliade, Geertz, Georges Dumézil, and Wendy Doniger produced their works on religion in the last half of the twentieth century. The arguments of these interpretive writers appear to have internal coherence, making them both emotionally and intellectually compelling, and can be categorized according to the dimensions of the terrain that provides the material of their construction. The UFOs with which interpretive writers begin may gain considerable weight from carefully constructed arguments, but fissured intellectual grounds still offer religiohistorical constructs no sure place to rest. This approach to crafting arguments continues, as a practical ideal at least, in many physical sciences and may still have an appeal to humanists of scientistic bent.

Keywords: characteristic aesthetic strategies; interpretive writers; internal coherence; religiohistorical constructs; scientistic bent

Chapter.  5063 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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